This weeks Sunday Stills challenge was Grafitti/Street Art. I had thought at first that this would be really challenging. Then I changed over to "not at all considering how much terrain I cover in a week." And we see truck trailers and train cars that are decorated all the time. A few days into the week, I was back to "this is gonna be a challenge" because I was seeing nothing. Why is it that when you arn't looking for something you see it all the time. But when you need to find it, there is none available? Well that was the case this week. In fact, the only grafitti I found readily available was this train car parked in Platteville, CO next to the mill we were waiting to unload at.
July 31, 2010
July 30, 2010
This time last week we were sitting in Kentucky. Since then we're traveled through a number of states, but we are still about 1000 miles behind our average for the week, having traveled only 3031 miles thus far. That puts us at about 2000 miles short for the three weeks we've been out since our break over the 4th.
Along the way in New Mexico there was another hot air balloon, a frequent sight in that state. I actually managed to get a picture this time, but there were a few power lines I couldn't avoid. I think that would be fun to do one day, take a hot air balloon ride.
Flagstaff was nice and cool in the 70's and felt delightful after a weekend in the south's heat and humidity. After unloading there, we traveled north towards Utah, enjoying the aroma of cedar and sage brush after a rain storm along with the beauty of an Arizona desert sunset.
We stopped for the night out there in the desert and the next morning, finished our trip to Monticello, UT where we loaded wheat. Malcolm drove through Canyonlands National Park as the sun was rising. He was it was spectacular. I was asleep and missed it. I did get to enjoy some of the unique rock formations of southeast Utah, just not the more famous ones.
Our load of wheat was headed to Platteville, Co which is north of Denver. That meant a 450 mile drive across western Colorado and the Rocky Mountains on I-70. This time Malcolm missed the scenery while he slept, and I enjoyed watching storms build over the Rockies.
We delivered the wheat this morning and reloaded at the same place with wheat midds, which is too lengthy to explain so I'm providing a link that explains it briefly.
Just south of Fort Collins, CO I was watching the crop duster at work, which is always entertaining because they swoop so low. We heard a story of one that accidentaly flew into the side of a truck's trailer that was passing by on the road. He must not have been paying attention.
July 26, 2010
There were still others to see. These guys were getting ready to go on.
and this 4-H'er was having a "discussion" with her horse over who was really in charge.
One of the star performances was William Shatner with his horse All Glory.
and inside the museum, Priscilla Presley was autographing Breyer horses as part of the press conference to announce the Elvis Presley Graceland Stable exhibit coming to the park soon.
I didn't want to stand in line for (or pay) so I just took a picture. It was free.
After all that outside touring, I was HOT, so I hit the museum. They have a special exhibit running through October that features the Arabian and its history along with many artifacts. It was very good.
And the main part of the museum that is up all the time, was really neat. It covers horse history from prehistoric to current events. Once you cover the prehistoric history, you enter a wide winding hallway that moves in an upward direction and acts as a timeline of horse history. Featuring when certain breeds were developed, important roles horses played in history, etc. It was a neat design and a wonderful display. You arrive on the second floor and a gallery of modern horse accomplishments.
By this time I was worn out, starving, and just done! So I headed to the truck and we hit the road. I left the Kentucky Horse Park with the same feeling of elation that I took with me as a kid on that vacation! It is definitely worth the drive and the $20 admission price! My only word of advice really is that I think I'd wait till Spring or Fall as you'll be much more comfortable and there will likely be more horses present and up close. Or, brave the heat and go to Breyerfest! That was so cool. I think I'll have to go back again sometime.